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Monitoring physical reaction or presence of viewer

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725012000 By passive determination and measurement (e.g., by detecting motion or ambient temperature, or by use of video camera) 46
725011000 With entry of user identification 2
20120167124System to identify a user of television services by using biometrics - A system to identify a user in relation with television services comprising eyeglasses worn by said user, said eyeglasses having a pair of flexible temples taking on the shape of a portion of the circumference of the user's head, a television receiver device comprising a server module communicating wirelessly with sensors arranged on the eyeglasses. The system is characterized in that each of the flexible temples of the eyeglasses incorporates at least one sensor configured for measuring a value of deflection caused by the temple bending around a portion of the circumference of the user's head, said value being unique for each user is transmitted as biometric to the server module configured for determining the identity of the user according to the measured value of the portion of the user's head circumference.06-28-2012
20130205312IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD THEREFOR - An operation method for an image display device includes: i) identifying a current user by detecting at least one of an image and a voice of the current user in response to a start-up command received by the image display device to generate a identification result; ii) accessing at least one favorite channel/program option associated with the current user according to the identification result; and iii) displaying the at least one favorite channel/program option on the image display device for the current user to select from.08-08-2013
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20090055853System individualizing a content presentation - Embodiments provide an apparatus, a system, and a method. A system includes a tracking apparatus operable to gather data indicative of a spatial aspect of a person with respect to the display. The system also includes an individualization module operable to individualize a parameter of the content presentation in response to the data indicative of a spatial aspect of a person with respect to the display. The system further includes a display controller operable to implement the individualized parameter in a presentation of the content by the display. The system may include the display operable to present a humanly perceivable content to at least one person proximate to the display.02-26-2009
20120174143Television System with Face Recognition, Multimedia Reproducing System - A television system with face recognition, a multimedia reproducing system and a reproducing system control method thereof are disclosed. The multimedia reproducing system comprises a multimedia module, a storage module, an image capture module and a face recognition module. The storage module stores a user's facial feature parameter and watch rate. The face recognition module detects a face image from an image captured by the image capture module, and recognizes the user corresponding to the face image according to the facial feature parameters stored in the storage module. The multimedia module filters the multimedia contents according to the corresponding user's watch rate.07-05-2012
20100077421Security System and Method - A security system and method for detecting the presence of one or more persons in a location, by: directing a light source in the direction of the location; detecting reflections of the light source from the location by a light detector in order to form an image representing the one or more persons' eyes; and analyzing the image received on the light detector to identify and count the number of eyes on the image. Preferably, the analyzed information is then communicated to a remote facility for further processing. Appropriate action to take based on the analyzed information includes issuing an alert, turning on an alarm system, sending a message to one or more predetermined persons and/or machines.03-25-2010
20130086602System and Method for Updating User Availability for Wireless Communication Applications - Systems and methods for monitoring and updating user availability based upon presence and television viewing behavior are described herein. In one embodiment, a presence system is used to detect a user's presence to update the user's availability status. The availability status is then used to update a contact list, voicemail message, and/or busy message. In further embodiments, user preferences are used in combination with presence data to update the user's availability status. In still further embodiments, a user's television viewing behavior is used in combination with the presence data, user preferences, or both to update the user's availability status. Alternative embodiments provide systems and methods in accordance with the present invention for other interactive devices.04-04-2013
20100107184TV with eye detection - In certain implementations consistent with the present invention, a method for monitoring a television system viewer's status involves monitoring a field of view encompassing a viewer environment using a camera sensitive to light in the infrared (IR) spectrum; identifying a pair of bright spots in the IR spectrum that are spaced by a spacing consistent with spacing of a pair of human eyes; monitoring at least one characteristic of the spots to ascertain a status of a television system viewer; and at the television system, taking an action that affects an operational characteristic of the television system on the basis of the ascertained status of the television system viewer. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.04-29-2010
20120167123CONTENT ACCESS CONTROL FOR MULTI-USER SYSTEMS - The use of an image capture device with a IPTV Set Top Box allows for the STB to detect a plurality of viewers, and to then provide access conditions that are appropriate to the detected viewers. In cases where a viewer has not been profiled this may include creating a profile for the user, while in cases where a plurality of users are detected, a set of access rights and permissions determined in accordance with the plurality of users can be provided.06-28-2012
20130061258PERSONALIZED TELEVISION VIEWING MODE ADJUSTMENTS RESPONSIVE TO FACIAL RECOGNITION - A television apparatus for performing personalized viewing mode adjustments in response to identifying individual viewers. A camera and image/facial recognition subsystems are configured to identify individuals and retrieve stored viewing adjustment preference information for use in automatically adjusting the viewing mode of the television, and optional external devices (e.g., electronically controlled lights, shades, and so forth), to enhance the television viewing experience for individuals and groups.03-07-2013
20130061257VERBALLY COMMUNICATING FACIALLY RESPONSIVE TELEVISION APPARATUS - A television apparatus for generating personalized verbal outputs in response to identifying individual viewers. A camera and image/facial recognition subsystems are configured to identify individuals and retrieve stored information for use in generating personalized verbal outputs to the viewers.03-07-2013
20090271812Method & system for sharing information through a mobile multimedia platform - In a wide area communications network such as the Internet, a public server and an associated database store and make available to a private server personal information relating to an individuals emotional or some other mental or physical state. The private server includes functionality to interpret the personal information it receives or gathers from the public server in order to identify at least one reaction instruction which can be used by a multimedia communications device to convey to a user the state of an individual by generating a human perceivable reaction which can be playing multimedia content in combination with movement if the multimedia communications device is a robot.10-29-2009
20120227063INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Provided is an information processing apparatus including a communication unit for receiving, from an external device, degree-of-attention information including information on a degree of attention, for each part of first content, calculated based on a state of viewing of a user, and a priority information generation unit for generating, using the degree-of-attention information, priority information including information on a priority for viewing for each part of second content. The communication unit transmits the priority information to the external device.09-06-2012
20080295126Method And System For Creating An Aggregated View Of User Response Over Time-Variant Media Using Physiological Data11-27-2008
20090158308IDENTIFYING KEY MEDIA EVENTS AND MODELING CAUSAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN KEY EVENTS AND REPORTED FEELINGS - A novel approach enables an event-based framework for evaluating a media instance based on key events of the media instance. First, physiological responses are derived and aggregated from the physiological data of viewers of the media instance. The key events in the media instance can then be identified, wherein such key events drive and determine the viewers' responses to the media instance. Causal relationship between the viewers' responses to the key events and their surveyed feelings about the media instance can further be established to identify why and what might have caused the viewers to feel the way they do.06-18-2009
20090150919Correlating Media Instance Information With Physiological Responses From Participating Subjects - Embodiments described herein enable the correlation between a media instance and physiological responses of human subjects to the media instance. While the subject is watching and/or listening to the media instance, physiological responses are derived from the physiological data collected from the subject. Additionally, audio and/or video signals of the media instance are collected. Program-identifying information is detected in the collected signals to identify the exact segment of the media instance that the subject is listening to and/or watching. The identified segment of the media instance is then correlated with the one or more physiological responses of the subject.06-11-2009
20090094629Providing Actionable Insights Based on Physiological Responses From Viewers of Media - Embodiments are described that enable remote and interactive access, navigation, and analysis of reactions from viewers to a media instance. The reactions include physiological responses, survey results, verbatim feedback, event-based metadata, and derived statistics for indicators of success and failure from the viewers. The reactions are aggregated, and an interface enables remote access and navigation of the media instance, aggregated physiological responses synchronized with the media instance, survey results, and/or verbatim feedback related to the media instance. This enables users to interactively divide, dissect, parse, and analyze the reactions as they prefer. This automation provides an automated process enabling non-experts to understand complex physiological data, and to organize presentation of complex data according to their needs so as to present conclusions as appropriate to the media instance.04-09-2009
20090094628System Providing Actionable Insights Based on Physiological Responses From Viewers of Media - Embodiments are described that enable remote and interactive access, navigation, and analysis of reactions from viewers to a media instance. The reactions include physiological responses, survey results, verbatim feedback, event-based metadata, and derived statistics for indicators of success and failure from the viewers. The reactions are aggregated, and an interface enables remote access and navigation of the media instance, aggregated physiological responses synchronized with the media instance, survey results, and/or verbatim feedback related to the media instance. This enables users to interactively divide, dissect, parse, and analyze the reactions as they prefer. This automation provides an automated process enabling non-experts to understand complex physiological data, and to organize presentation of complex data according to their needs so as to present conclusions as appropriate to the media instance.04-09-2009
20100122277 DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR PLAYING AUDIO-VIDEO CONTENT - A device and a method for playing audio-video content (05-13-2010
20090089822ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND SCENE-TYPE DISPLAY METHOD - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a storage device configure to store cheer level information which indicate a time change of a cheer level included in video content data and applause level information which indicate a time change of applause level included in the video content data, and video content information displaying module configure to display two types of graphs of a cheer graph showing a time change of the cheer level in accordance with the cheer level information and an applause graph showing a time change of the applause level in accordance with the applause level information in a volume level indication area in a two-dimensional display area.04-02-2009
20090282429VIEWER TRACKING FOR DISPLAYING THREE DIMENSIONAL VIEWS - A device may track one or more viewers, and determine, for each of the one or more viewers, a location of the viewer in accordance with the tracking. In addition, the device may determine, for each of the one or more viewers, a stereoscopic image that is to be viewed at the location, the stereoscopic image consisting of a right-eye image and a left-eye image. Further, the device may control display settings of a display to provide, via the display, each of the one or more viewers with the stereoscopic image associated with the viewer.11-12-2009
20120297409SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SCALABLE, HIGH ACCURACY, SENSOR AND ID BASED AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM BASED ON DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING ARCHITECTURE - Dynamic television audience measurement systems (AMS) and methods are disclosed. The system comprises a central level AMS sub-system, a local node level AMS sub-system, a plurality of client level AMS sub-systems, and a plurality of display devices, each monitored by a client level AMS sub-system. The central level AMS sub-system receives panel definitions from panel requestors and transmits the panel definitions to and receives a merged viewership report from the local node level AMS sub-system. The local node level AMS sub-system receives panel definitions from and transmits the merged viewership report to the central level AMS sub-system, transmits the panel definitions to and receives viewership reports from the plurality of client level AMS sub-systems, and merges the viewership reports into the merged viewership report. Each client level AMS sub-systems receives panel definitions from and transmits the viewership report to the local node level AMS sub-system and compiles the viewership report.11-22-2012
20080271065Methods and Apparatus for Indirect Illumination in Electronic Media Rating Systems - Methods and apparatus for indirect illumination in electronic media rating systems are disclosed. A disclosed electronic media rating system comprises an audience image detection system and a non-visible light source to provide indirect illumination of an audience member.10-30-2008
20100146528Method of Directing a Viewer's Attention Subliminally in Image Display - A method of directing a viewer's attention in an image display to enhance the perceived image quality and thus the viewer's preference of the image is disclosed. An image with an area of interest (AOI) is provided. The AOI is briefly displayed for a first time period. Subsequently, the image is normally displayed in its entirety for a second time period that is longer than the first time period. As a result, the viewer's attention is involuntarily directed to the AOI in a subliminal manner.06-10-2010
20090183193GESTURE CATALOGING AND RECOGNITION - Methods and apparatus for cataloging and recognizing gestures are disclosed. A gesture may be detected using sample motion data. An energy value and a baseline value may be computed. The baseline value may be updated if the energy value is below a calm energy threshold. The sample motion data may be adjusted based on the updated baseline value. A local variance may be calculated over a predetermined number of samples. Sample motion data values may be recorded if the local variance exceeds a threshold. Sample motion data recording may stop if a local variance scalar value falls below a drop threshold. Input Gestures may be recognized by computing a total variance for sample values in an Input Gesture; calculating a figure of merit using sample values from the Input Gesture and one or more Catalog Gestures; and determining whether the Input Gesture matches a Catalog Gesture from the figure of merit.07-16-2009
20120072938SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SERVICE OR CONTENT BASED ON EMOTIONAL INFORMATION - Provided are an apparatus and method for providing a service or content based on emotional information. A service receiving apparatus extracts and analyzes emotional information of a received service or content to use the corresponding service or content according to an environment that is set.03-22-2012
20120072936Automatic Customized Advertisement Generation System - A system for generating a customized advertisement for a user is provided. Multimedia content associated with a current broadcast is received and displayed. The multimedia content may include recorded video content, video-on-demand content, television content, television programs, advertisements, commercials, music, movies, video clips, and other on-demand media content. One or more users are identified in a field of view of a capture device connected to a computing device. User-specific information related to a user is tracked. An emotional response of a user to the multimedia content viewed by the user is tracked. A targeted advertisement is provided to a user based on the multimedia content viewed by the user, the user's identification information and the user's emotional response. The targeted advertisement is automatically customized based on the user-specific information related to the user to generate a customized advertisement for the user. The targeted and customized advertisement is displayed to the user during a pre-programmed time interval, via an audiovisual device connected to the computing device.03-22-2012
20090025023MULTI-MARKET PROGRAM AND COMMERCIAL RESPONSE MONITORING SYSTEM USING NEURO-RESPONSE MEASUREMENTS - A system performs program and commercial response monitoring using neuro-response data such as central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, and effector data. Multiple subjects in multiple markets are exposed to programming and commercials and neuro-response data is collected using mechanisms such as Electroencephalography (EEG), Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), Electrocardiograms (EKG), Electrooculography (EOG), eye tracking, and facial emotion encoding. Data collected is provided for response integration to measure and track multi-market program and commercial response to stimulus materials.01-22-2009
20100162284SHARING BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS BETWEEN DEVICES - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top box having a controller to present media content at a presentation device as directed by a user, monitor the media content consumed by the user, detect a first behavioral pattern based on the media content consumed by the user, transmit the detected first behavioral pattern to a communication device of the user, receive from the communication device a second behavioral pattern, and identify media content correlating to the second behavioral pattern. The communication device can be adapted to adjust communication operations according to the detected first behavioral pattern. Other embodiments are disclosed.06-24-2010
20100218206VIEWER PRESENCE DETECTION - One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method for determining a chance that a user is present at a current time while a client device is tuned to a channel by monitoring a user input to the client device and determining a time when the user provides the user input. At the time when the user provides the user input, the chance is assigned an initial value. After that, the chance varies over time according to a first function. The chance that the user is present at the current time is then determined using the initial value and the first function. As a result, a chance of a user being present while a client device plays out media segments may be determined without incurring the costs of providing additional hardware and without requiring the user to register and unregister.08-26-2010
20100211966VIEW QUALITY JUDGING DEVICE, VIEW QUALITY JUDGING METHOD, VIEW QUALITY JUDGING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Provided is a view quality judging device capable of accurately judging the view quality without posing a load on a viewer. The view quality judging device is used in view quality data generation device (08-19-2010
20090328088Iterative Media Playing by increment and decrement of an Ad-to-Program Variable - A new paradigm of watching television allows watching programs and watching ads and maintaining a score that is based on the times of watching the programs and the ads. The paradigm can be carried out by increasing the value of a variable when programs are watched and decreasing the value of the variable when ads are watched. The user can also buy ad credits, or can receive them as an incentive to buy a product.12-31-2009
20090328087SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATION BASED MEDIA DELIVERY - A system and method for selecting and presenting media on a network to tune an environment to the tastes of the users within that environment, thus improving the experience of that location. A physical location of a media presentation device is received over a network. The physical location of a plurality of end users are identified via the network, wherein each of plurality of users associated are with a plurality of media files stored on the network. A least one of the end users that are within a defined proximity to the media presentation device are identified. At least one media file associated with the end users that are within a defined proximity to the media presentation device are identified and transmitted over the network to the media presentation device.12-31-2009
20120246669MULTIPLE AUDIO/VIDEO DATA STREAM SIMULATION - A multiple audio/video data stream simulation method and system. A computing system receives first audio and/or video data streams. The first audio and/or video data streams include data associated with a first person and a second person. The computing system monitors the first audio and/or video data streams. The computing system identifies emotional attributes comprised by the first audio and/or video data streams. The computing system generates second audio and/or video data streams associated with the first audio and/or video data streams. The second audio and/or video data streams include the first audio and/or video data streams data without the emotional attributes. The computing system stores the second audio and/or video data streams.09-27-2012
20090037945MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF SELECTING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Provided is a multimedia presentation apparatus comprising: 02-05-2009
20090070798System and Method for Detecting Viewer Attention to Media Delivery Devices - Embodiments of a system to accurately record if viewers are actually watching, listening to, interacting with, or otherwise perceiving a television, computer monitor, or other media delivery device at any given moment are described. A detector circuit is coupled to the media delivery device and configured to receive a signal transmitted from an emitter placed on the body of a user positioned proximate the media delivery device. The detector receives a signal from the emitter when the user positions him or herself in a manner that indicates that the user is watching or otherwise paying attention to the media delivery device. An attention detector processor coupled to the detector circuit and configured to determine whether the user is perceiving content provided by the media deliver device.03-12-2009
20100325646Virtual Community For Incentivized Viewing Of Multimedia Content - A computer implemented method and system for creating a virtual community network for incentivized multimedia content viewing is provided. A first viewer receives the multimedia content for viewing on a client device from a server provided in a networked environment. The first viewer refers the multimedia content to one or more second viewers in the networked environment for viewing and further referrals. The server controls access to the multimedia content and confirms viewing of the multimedia content by the first viewer, the second viewers, and nth viewers from further referrals using a random challenge. The server generates response reports based on viewing of the multimedia content. The server credits the first viewer, the second viewers, the nth viewers, etc. with one or more items of value based on referring of the multimedia content, multimedia content view confirmation, and/or registration of the second viewers, the nth viewers, etc, with the server.12-23-2010
20100169905INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes a sight line detecting unit configured to detect a sight line of a viewer who is viewing content data and output sight line information which is a result of the detection, a viewing condition estimating unit configured to estimate a viewing condition of the viewer based on the output sight line information and visual attention information relating to the content data, and a content suggesting unit configured to make various suggestions with respect to the content data for the viewer based on the estimated viewing condition.07-01-2010
20100070988SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING AN AUDIENCE - Systems and methods for measuring an audience by: directing a light source in the direction of the audience; detecting reflections of the light source from the audience by a light detector in order to form an image representing the audience eyes; and analyzing the image received on the light detector to identify and count the number of eyes on the image. Preferably, the analyzed information is communicated to a remote facility. The light source can be in the visible spectrum, infrared (IR) spectrum or even ultraviolet (UV) spectrum. The reflected light from the retina or cornea is then captured by a light detector.03-18-2010
20100070987MINING VIEWER RESPONSES TO MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - Viewers of a multimedia program are monitored to detect responses. Time data is stored with the responses and compared to responses from other viewers at the same time in the multimedia program. A viewer type is determined based on the responses. Further multimedia programs may be offered to the viewer based on the viewer type. Transducers and sensors placed within a viewing area may include, without limitation, audio sensors, video sensors, motion sensors, subdermal sensors, and biometric sensors.03-18-2010
20110072448IMPLICIT MECHANISM FOR DETERMINING USER RESPONSE TO MEDIA - Mechanisms are provided for implicitly determining user response to media content. User response may include satisfaction, interest, and engagement levels. User response is determined implicitly by measuring channel switching, channel switching frequency, duration of viewing time, content duration, etc. in a linear or non-linear manner. In one example, the viewing duration evaluated with the media content duration to generate an interest factor. A relative interest factor for the media content is generated by referencing interest factors for the user for other pieces of media content for the user. User responses can be analyzed to determine user attention span, make content recommendations, deliver selected versions of content, customize advertising for a user, etc.03-24-2011
20110016480SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING AND OPTIMIZING MEDIA PROGRAMMING IN PUBLIC SPACES WITH AUDIENCE IDENTIFICATION - A system and corresponding methods for automating the execution, measurement, and optimization of in-store promotional digital media campaigns are provided. In one embodiment, a method in a computing system for deploying content to digital signage networks includes receiving from a user a marketing campaign goal and at least one optimization constraint suitable for generating a playlist. The method also includes generating a playlist designed to maximize a learning opportunity to achieve the marketing campaign goal. The method further includes provisioning the playlist to a point of presence on the digital signage network.01-20-2011
20120204201PERSONALIZED BEST CHANNEL SELECTION DEVICE AND METHOD - A device and method is presented that analyzes a user's television viewing behavior and, in response to a single action by the user, immediately presents the next highest ranked video content for that user on the television display. One embodiment provides a single button on a remote control that initiates this method. The ranked video content is based upon user identification and monitoring past user interaction with the television. Programming viewed by a user is compared against currently available programming to create a ranked list of recommended programming for the user. The preferred embodiment monitors and suggests programming that is provided on multichannel video programming such as over-the-air, cable, and satellite television programming, as well as material that is available for streaming over the Internet.08-09-2012
20110161998Systems and Methods Providing Content on a Display Based Upon Facial Recognition of a Viewer - Disclosed is a display system and a method of a display system including a display device configured to provide visual output in a direction, and a camera associated with the display, the camera image collector being pointed in the direction of the visual output, the camera configured to collect facial data. A processor is provided to correlate facial data with content data so that the display will display specific content while the camera collects the facial data. A user's mobile communication device can detect the display system and transmit facial data to the display system. When a user is positioned so that the camera of the system can collect facial data of the user's face, the system can push specific content based upon facial recognition of the user correlated with the user's preferences or other criteria. A determination as to content to display is based upon facial recognition.06-30-2011
20110010732SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING AND OPTIMIZING MEDIA PROGRAMMING IN PUBLIC SPACES WITH PEER-TO-PEER DIGITAL SIGNAGE NETWORKS - A system and corresponding methods for automating the execution, measurement, and optimization of in-store promotional digital media campaigns are provided. In one embodiment, a method in a computing system for deploying content to digital signage networks includes receiving from a user a marketing campaign goal and at least one optimization constraint suitable for generating a playlist. The method also includes generating a playlist designed to maximize a learning opportunity to achieve the marketing campaign goal. The method further includes provisioning the playlist to a point of presence on the digital signage network.01-13-2011
20090300669PORTABLE MULTI-PURPOSE AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS, APPARATUS AND METHODS - Portable multi-purpose audience measurement systems, apparatus and methods are disclosed. An example method to monitor a media presentation device disclosed herein comprises sensing a media content signal output by the media presentation device using a portable device separate from the media presentation device, the portable device supporting media metering functionality and native functionality, attempting to detect a code encoded in the sensed media content signal using the portable device, and generating a signature from the sensed media content signal using the portable device when the portable device is electrically coupled to an external power supply or the portable device has at least a threshold amount of local battery power, but not generating the signature when the portable device is not electrically coupled to the external power supply and the portable device does not have at least the threshold amount of local battery power.12-03-2009
20090293079METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR TELEVISION VIEWING - An approach is provided for extending social networking to television viewing. A community of a plurality of users is created, wherein each user is logged in a device configured to present audio-video content. Presence information of one of the users in the community is determined and transmitted to a corresponding device of another one of the users.11-26-2009
20120060176SMART MEDIA SELECTION BASED ON VIEWER USER PRESENCE - In various exemplary embodiments, a system and method to provide smart media selection to a set of one or more individuals at a location associated with a display device of a receiver system is provided. In example embodiments, an indication of a presence change at the location is received. User specific information associated with the set of the one or more individuals identified as being at the location is accessed. A recommendation playlist based on the user specific information is generated.03-08-2012
20120159527SIMULATED GROUP INTERACTION WITH MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - A method and system for generating time synchronized data streams based on a viewer's interaction with a multimedia content stream is provided. A viewer's interactions with a multimedia content stream being viewed by the viewer are recorded. The viewer's interactions include comments provided by the viewer, while viewing the multimedia content stream. Comments include text messages, audio messages, video feeds, gestures or facial expressions provided by the viewer. A time synchronized commented data stream is generated based on the viewer's interactions. The time synchronized commented data stream includes the viewer's interactions time stamped relative to a virtual start time at which the multimedia content stream is rendered to the viewer. One or more time synchronized data streams are rendered to the viewer, via an audiovisual device, while the viewer views a multimedia content stream.06-21-2012
20120072937CONTEXT-BASED AUTOMATIC SELECTION OF FACTOR FOR USE IN ESTIMATING CHARACTERISTICS OF VIEWERS VIEWING SAME CONTENT - A method of selecting a factor for estimating characteristics of viewers who view a same content is disclosed. This method includes: storing a multi-layered hierarchal list of attribute words expressing viewer attributes, each of which is a candidate of the factor; extracting the attribute words from the same content; generating a first vector indicative of frequencies with which the attribute words occur in the same content; for a successively-selected one of the attribute words, successively generating a second vector indicative of frequencies with which the attribute words occur in ones of sets of learned-text information which contain the successively-selected attribute word; calculating a similarity score between the vectors on a per-attribute-word basis; and selecting one of the attribute words as the factor, which is associated with subordinate attribute words on a lower layer, based on a dispersion level of the similarity scores calculated for the subordinate attribute words.03-22-2012
20120124603Audio Signal Processor, Television Set and Computer Readable Medium - In one embodiment, there is provided an audio signal processor. The processor includes: a person position detector configured to detect each position of one or more persons present in a specific space; a grouping module configured to allocate the detected persons to one or more groups, wherein the number of the groups is less than a given number; a plurality of directionality controllers configured to control directionality of a microphone array; and a directionality setting module configured to set directionality of each of the groups in a corresponding one of the directionality controllers.05-17-2012
20120222058VIDEO RECOMMENDATION BASED ON AFFECT - Analysis of mental states is provided to enable data analysis pertaining to video recommendation based on affect. Video response may be evaluated based on viewing and sampling various videos. Data is captured for viewers of a video where the data includes facial information and/or physiological data. Facial and physiological information may be gathered for a group of viewers. In some embodiments, demographics information is collected and used as a criterion for visualization of affect responses to videos. In some embodiments, data captured from an individual viewer or group of viewers is used to rank videos.08-30-2012
20120222057VISUALIZATION OF AFFECT RESPONSES TO VIDEOS - Analysis of mental states is provided to enable data analysis pertaining to videos. A video is embedded within a web-enabled interface which enables collecting mental state data. This web-enabled interface is then distributed and information on mental states is collected. Data is captured from viewers of the video where the data includes facial information and/or physiological data. Facial and physiological information may be gathered for a group of viewers. In some embodiments, demographics information is collected and used as a criterion for visualization of affect responses to videos.08-30-2012
20120254907SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AUDIO/VIDEO CONTENT FOR PRESENTATION TO A USER IN RESPONSE TO MONITORED USER ACTIVITY - A system for providing audio/video content to a user is disclosed. The system includes a set-top box device configured to provide audio/video content to a presentation device, and at least one sensor communicatively coupled to the set-top box device, the at least one sensor configured to provide sensor data to the set-top box device. The system also includes a sensor data processing module configured to process the sensor data to determine a probable activity type for the user, and a controller coupled to the sensor data processing module. The controller is configured to select particular audio/video content for playback at the presentation device, where the particular audio/video content is influenced by the probable activity type. Related operating methods are also provided.10-04-2012
20100058376Multimedia Content Viewing Confirmation - Disclosed herein is a computer implemented method and system for confirming that a viewer viewed multimedia content on a client device. A multimedia content owner uploads multimedia content on a server. The client device receives the multimedia content from the server and plays the multimedia content on a display screen of the client device. A random challenge is presented to the viewer by overlaying the random challenge on the multimedia content. A response for the presented random challenge is invoked from the viewer. A correct or partially correct response from the viewer confirms that the multimedia content has been viewed by the viewer. A response report is generated based on the response from the viewer. The viewer is credited with an item of value and the multimedia content owner is debited a fee, if the response report confirms the multimedia content was viewed by the viewer.03-04-2010
20120260276INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus that includes an interface that receives first content transmitted from a content distribution apparatus to the information processing apparatus and another information processing apparatus in synchronization. The information processing apparatus also includes a processor that controls a reproduction state of the first content at the information processing apparatus, and controls the interface to transmit reproduction state information corresponding to the reproduction state to the content distribution apparatus. The content distribution apparatus controls transmission of second content to the another information processing apparatus based on the received reproduction state information.10-11-2012
20130174187SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECOMMENDING MEDIA ASSETS IN A MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION - Systems and methods for recommending media assets in a media guidance application are provided. One or more signals indicative of motion of a user input device may be received. In response to receiving one or more signals indicative of motion of the user input device, a region containing media identifiers may be animated, where the animated region may be used to randomly select a media identifier for presentation to the user.07-04-2013
20120324491VIDEO HIGHLIGHT IDENTIFICATION BASED ON ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING - Embodiments related to identifying and displaying portions of video content taken from longer video content are disclosed. In one example embodiment, a portion of a video item is provided by receiving, for a video item, an emotional response profile for each viewer of a plurality of viewers, each emotional response profile comprising a temporal correlation of a particular viewer's emotional response to the video item when viewed by the particular viewer. The method further comprises selecting, using the emotional response profiles, a first portion of the video item judged to be more emotionally stimulating than a second portion of the video item, and sending the first portion of the video item to another computing device in response to a request for the first portion of the video item without sending the second portion of the video item.12-20-2012
20120324492VIDEO SELECTION BASED ON ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING - Embodiments related to providing video items to a plurality of viewers in a video viewing environment are provided. In one embodiment, the video item is provided by determining identities for each of the viewers from data received from video viewing environment sensors, obtaining the video item based on those identities, and sending the video item for display.12-20-2012
20120331495APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SERVICE USING A PORTABLE TERMINAL IN TELEVISION - According to one embodiment, a method for providing a service using a portable terminal in communication with a television (TV) includes analyzing an image inputted from a camera to determine the number of users, collect user information from a terminal, and determine a type of a service to be provided based on the number of users and the collected user information.12-27-2012
20090070797METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUS FOR MULTI-PURPOSE METERING - Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes acquiring a rate of data transfer to/from the monitored location and comparing the acquired rate of data transfer to a threshold. The example method also includes setting at least one media monitoring device in a first bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer exceeds the threshold, and setting the at least one media monitoring device in a second bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer is below the threshold.03-12-2009
20110321074APPARATUSES, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CROWD GAME - Apparatuses, system, method, and storage medium for crowd game are disclosed. A series of missions forming a crowd game are outputted to a display device, each mission specifying a task for spectators of an event. A result for a mission is determined on the basis of participation and/or reaction by the spectators for the task. A total result for the crowd game is determined on the basis of the results for the missions.12-29-2011
20110321073TECHNIQUES FOR CUSTOMIZATION - Techniques are disclosed that involve detecting and tracking groups of people associated with a user device (e.g., people watching television), and customizing the experience to the group. Various features may be employed. Such features may include classification of individuals, identification of commonly occurring groupings of people, and identification of the presence of group outsiders. Based on the presence of such individuals, groups, and/or outsiders, delivery of information to the user device may be controlled.12-29-2011
20130014141Audience Atmospherics Monitoring Platform Apparatuses and Systems - The AUDIENCE ATMOSPHERICS MONITORING PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS (“ATMOS”) transforms TV program schedule listing information and user channel selection via ATMOS components, into TV audience viewing data and ad effects data. A system is disclosed, comprising: a memory; a processor disposed in communication with said memory, and configured to issue a plurality of processing instructions stored in the memory, wherein the processor issues instructions for: receiving, from the user mobile device, an atmospherics data package indicating user instant activity status; obtaining an atmospherics data artifact from the atmospherics data package; extracting user instant activities information based on analysis of the atmospherics data artifact; generating a user viewing status indication based on the user instant activities information; and incorporating the user viewing status indication into viewer measurement data of the user selected channel.01-10-2013
20120151511MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM AND METHOD OF RECOMMENDING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - A multimedia system comprises a content obtaining module arranged to obtain a plurality of available content items for viewing or recording at a selected time, a storage module arranged to store viewing history information for content items that have previously been viewed, the viewing history information being stored in association with at least one time slot, a content rating module arranged to determine a rating for each of the available content items based on the viewing history information for one or more of the time slots that correspond to the selected time and a content recommendation module arranged to generate recommended content items based on the rating. The content rating module is arranged to update the rating for one or more of the recommended content items based on viewing interest information relating to a current viewing session.06-14-2012
20080222671Method and system for rating media and events in media based on physiological data - Various embodiments of the present invention enable a bottom up analysis approach that derives physiological responses from measured physiological data of viewers of a media, and calculates scores of instances of an event type based on the physiological responses. The scores are then aggregated to rate the event type in addition to scoring the individual event instances. The approach can also form an overall rating of the media by aggregating the event ratings of set of event types within the media.09-11-2008
20080222670Method and system for using coherence of biological responses as a measure of performance of a media - Various embodiments of the present invention create a novel system for rating an event in a media based on the strength of the emotions viewers feel towards the event. The viewer's responses to the media can be measured and calculated via physiological sensors. The metric for rating the strength of the media is created based on the mathematical coherence of change (up or down) of all pertinent physiological responses across multiple viewers. Such rating offers an objective ability to compare the strengths of events of the media, as there is a strong correlation between high coherence of physiological responses (all viewers feel the same thing at the same time) and strong ratings of emotionality, engagement, likeability, success in the marketplace/on screen.09-11-2008
20120254908METHODS AND APPARATUS TO COLLECT AUDIENCE INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A MEDIA PRESENTATION - Methods and apparatus to collect audience information associated with a media presentation are described herein. In an example method includes counting a first number of individuals proximate to a media presentation device, counting a second number of signals received from one or more portable devices, each of which is associated with a respective one of one or more monitored individuals, comparing the first number of individuals to the second number of signals, and determining a third number of unidentified ones of the individuals proximate to the media presentation device based on the comparison of the first number of individuals to the second number of signals.10-04-2012
20130091515DEGREE OF INTEREST ESTIMATING DEVICE AND DEGREE OF INTEREST ESTIMATING METHOD - An interest degree estimating device, which estimates a degree of interest of a user in a video displayed on a screen, includes: an eye gaze detecting unit for detecting an eye gaze direction of the user; a saliency information obtaining unit for obtaining saliency information on a saliency area having salient attractiveness in the video; and a user response analyzing unit for calculating a correlation between the saliency area specified from the obtained saliency information and the detected eye gaze direction, and estimate the degree of interest of the user in the video, the degree of interest being higher as the calculated correlation is higher.04-11-2013
20130125155DYNAMIC ADAPTATION OF DISPLAYED VIDEO QUALITY BASED ON VIEWERS' CONTEXT - A Context-Aware Content-Presentation system includes a viewer context feedback for determining the viewer context relative to a display device. A content receiving device controls at least one parameter of video content streamed to the display device from a streaming server in accordance with the viewer context. In this way, when the viewer context allows for lower quality video content, the content receiving device can signal the streaming server to reduce the quality of the video content, thereby saving bandwidth.05-16-2013
20130125154System, Method and Apparatus for Viewer Detection and Action - An application for a television has a detector capable of determining the identity and/or presence of at least one viewer in a viewing area of the television. In response to viewers entering and leaving the viewing area of the television, the television adjusts its operation based upon settings for the currently present viewers (e.g., enables channels, content, etc).05-16-2013
20090133047Systems and Methods Providing Distributed Collection and Centralized Processing of Physiological Responses from Viewers - A novel approach enables a new type of sensing—“in persona” sensing, for large scale testing of a media instance via distributed collection and centralized processing of physiological data from each of a large number of viewers in his/her own setting. The physiological data can first be collected from each of the viewers fitted with one or more physiological sensors locally at the place where he/she is watching the media instance. The data collected from the viewers at these distributed locations can then all be transmitted to a centralized location for processing, aggregation, storage, and analysis.05-21-2009
20130179910TERMINAL DEVICE, CONTENT DISPLAY METHOD FOR TERMINAL DEVICE, SERVER DEVICE, DISPLAY DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD FOR SERVER DEVICE, AND RANKING INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD FOR SERVER DEVICE - A viewer who views predetermined content displayed on a display panel has sympathy even when a few people views the predetermined content around the viewer.07-11-2013
20130145385CONTEXT-BASED RATINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MEDIA - This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling context-based ratings and recommendations for media. The techniques and apparatuses can build and continually improve the predictive accuracy of a user's reaction history based on a context in which the user's reactions to media are sensed. Further, the techniques and apparatuses may take into account a current context of a user when a request for a rating or recommendation is made. Based on the user's reaction history and the user's current context, the techniques and apparatuses may provide accurate ratings and recommendations.06-06-2013
20130145384USER INTERFACE PRESENTING AN ANIMATED AVATAR PERFORMING A MEDIA REACTION - This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling a user interface for presenting a media reaction. The techniques receive media reactions of a person to a media program, such as the person laughing at one point of a comedy show, then smiling at another point, and then departing at a third point. The techniques may present these and other media reactions in a user interface through which a user may interact.06-06-2013
20130185744METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USING COHERENCE OF BIOLOGICAL RESPONSES AS A MEASURE OF PERFORMANCE OF A MEDIA - Various embodiments of the present disclosure create a novel system for rating an event in a media based on the strength of the emotions viewers feel towards the event. The viewer's responses to the media can be measured and calculated via physiological sensors. The metric for rating the strength of the media is created based on the mathematical coherence of change (up or down) of all pertinent physiological responses across multiple viewers. Such rating offers an objective ability to compare the strengths of events of the media, as there is a strong correlation between high coherence of physiological responses (all viewers feel the same thing at the same time) and strong ratings of emotionality, engagement, likeability, success in the marketplace/on screen.07-18-2013
20120030696Spatially Constrained Biosensory Measurements Used to Decode Specific Physiological States and User Responses Induced by Marketing Media and Interactive Experiences - Embodiments described herein include a method running on a processor for decoding user response to marketing media, the method comprising: defining calibration stimuli that produce at least one expected response; defining data features for assessing one or more states of a plurality of users using at least one of the calibration stimuli and the at least one expected response; identifying a set of data features based on a first correlation between the set of data features and the at least one expected response; and iteratively reducing the set of data features based upon an amount of variation explained by the reduced set of data features and a second correlation between the reduced set of data features and the at least one expected response.02-02-2012
20120066704AUDIOVISUAL CONTENT TAGGING USING BIOMETRIC SENSOR - A system and method for tagging audiovisual content based on biometric data of a user of an electronic device. One or more sensors are included in a headset worn by a user during reproduction of audiovisual content. The sensors output biometric data based on physical movement of a user in response to the audiovisual content. A biometric measuring function monitors, measures, records and/or forwards the biometric data. A tagging function analyzes the biometric data and tags the audiovisual content upon making a determination that at least a portion of the biometric data is representative of a user reaction to the audiovisual content. The AV content may be categorized in accordance with the tag.03-15-2012

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